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his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. >> america's ambassador to the united nations lashing out at north korea's leader, escalating tensions as the world waits the see if they'll test yet another weapon. president trump expected to announce today he's ending the immigration program known as daca. what could that mean for the young undocumented immigrants known as dreamers that it
protects? plus hurricane irma, en route to american soil. florida and puerto rico already declaring a state of emergency ahead of landfall and a storm weary united states. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm david briggs. >> i'm alison kosik. >> we're coming at you an hour early if you're checking your watch. we're checking with north korea, defying international condemnation over its latest largest nuclear test with signs of more tests to come. u.s. ambassador to the u.n. nikki haley arguing at a u.n. security council meeting that the international community must exhaust every last bit of leverage over pyongyang to avoid a nuclear war. >> the time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it's too late. we must now adopt the strongest possible measures.
kim jong un's action cannot be seen as defensive. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. >> among north korea's few remaining pain points that could be targeted oil imports, textile exports and the regime's other sources of foreign currency. pyongyang slamming the u.s. bragging it will use strategic weapons to eradicate the land of the u.s. with no trace left on earth. >> all of this as south korea says it has spotted continuous signs the north is preparing yet another icbm test. ian lee joins us live from south korea where that country is conducting exercises off the east coast of the korean peninsula. ian, good morning to you. >> good morning, dave. some disturbing news coming out of north korea this morning. we're just getting report that
korea's national intelligence service told lawmakers in a closed door session that the north is believed to be moving a projectile that is suspected being an intercontinental ballistic missile. they don't know where it's going or what is going to happen. but we have heard reports that the north is preparing for another ballistic missile test on september 9th. they are going to be celebrating the foundation of the north korean government. it could be around that time, but we know it could be hours or even days away. we're also hearing from south koreans that they are ramping up their live fire exercises. they had the navy this morning carrying out drills in the eastern waters on the eastern coast, demonstrating to the north that they're ready for any sort of provocation that could be coming. this comes as japan's defense minister that says that nuclear
explosion, that test is a lot larger than previously believed. they didn't give the size of it, but they said it's a lot larger than the bombs that fell on hiroshima and nagasaki. we have heard that the president of south korea finally had that phone call with president trump. they talked about u.s. tie, military tie, strengthening those. but they also talked about south korea's ballistic missiles, and lifting the cap on the power of the missiles. right now it's capped at 500 kilograms. they want that to be gone. they want stronger missiles. they also want more weapons there was an agreement for billions of dollars worth of weapons and equipment, dave. >> that after some pretty critical tweets from the president aimed at our south korean allies. ian lee live from seoul, thank you. president trump assigning china a large share of the blame this the aftermath of north korea's nuclear test. the president even tweeting the administration is considering stopping all trade with any
country doing business with north korea. china would certainly be at the top of that list. cnn's andrew stevens is live for us in china this morning with their reaction to the threats. good morning. >> good morning to you, alison. yes, the chinese coming back pretty swiftly and saying it's totally unacceptable and unfair for donald trump to aim sanctions at china when they are doing so much they say to resolve this crisis in north korea. in fact, china seemed to be taking the threat from trump a lot more seriously than many of the delegates that the chinese president and four other world leaders. most delegates here dismissing it as too far-fetched, saying it would hurt the u.s. too much as a start. china has on north korea forcefully and clearly condemned north korea's action. but what they haven't done is given any further strategy on how to combat the rise of the nuclear north korea.
what they said and what they continue to say is the only way through it is through dialogue and through this plan called the freeze for freeze plan, alison. that is where the u.s. and south korea freeze their joint military maneuvers, which are known to infuriate kim jong un. at the same time, north korea would freeze its missile and nuclear program. after that happens, they then sit down and talk, the u.s. and north korea. it doesn't seem to be getting any traction whatsoever. we heard nikki haley saying at the u.n. that it was an insult, that plan. because if you've got a rogue state with an icbm and a nuclear weapon pointed at you, you don't lower your guard. and we've all seen what north korea has done as far as its suspensions. it's ramping up. its nuclear program and now it look like its missile program as well. all waiting now really to see what the u.n. does with new sanctions and whether china buys into those, alison. those sanctions look like they're going to be much, much
tougher. china has the key economically. it has 90% of north korea's international trade. the mass question, it is prepared to use that leverage to bring north korea to the table, or is it still too worried that that leverage by doing something like that, cutting off all supplies for example will create chaos on north korea which they say they'd rather see a nuclear north korea than a north korea in chaos with millions of refugees potentially coming across their border. >> exactly. so stability of the region foremost important for china. it is questionable if china will even abide by these so-called tougher sanctions from the u.n. all right, cnn's andrew stevens, thanks. north korea has evolved from a regional menace to a global threat. some strong words from ukia amano, the head of the international atomic agency. he calls sunday's testing of a hydrogen bomb a new dimension of threat. for more on the diplomatic efforts to cool tensions on the korean peninsula, let's bring in
nic robertson from the iaea in vienna. nic, good morning. >> good morning. i spoke with him yesterday, and he said when it comes to nork, they're making rapid progress of their goals. he can't say how far their advance whether the latest test is a hydrogen bomb. but it is very clear in his mind this is something that cannot be ignored by the global community. he says when north korea states that they're going the try to do something that you have to take it as read. he has stood up a north korea inspection team here ready, raise the level of training, raise the level of equipment and readiness that they have should there be a diplomatic agreement that would allow them to go into north korea and go into monitoring mode of north korea's equipment. they used to be there in the past. they have been pushed out. so where does the diplomacy stand right now? you heard the british ambassador to the united nations yesterday say sanctions work. we've heard from the german and
french leaders as well, saying that sanctions work. they want more sanctions from the u.n. they want more sanctions from the european union. but when in the past has there been enough agreement to get a deal? and that has always come when the main powers, the since principle powers get agreement that would be china, russia and the united states principally. and right now they're on opposite sides of the agreement. the united states won't go for what china and russia want, which is that freeze for freeze. that's not an equivalence there in anyone's mind. at the moment you do not have the diplomatic agreement between the principled players to even begin to find an agreement that brings north korea into allowing the monitors from here to go in. dave? >> there is a question of what is left to sanction. time will tell as this story continues to escalate. nic robertson live for us in vienna, thanks. ahead, the trump administration expected to nunes today it will end the program for young undocumented immigrants called dreamers.
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yeah... over 75 years of savings and service. get your rate quote today. later today, president trump expected to announce his decision to end daca. that's the obama era program that protects so-called dreamers. young documented -- undocumented immigrants brought to the u.s. as children. attorney general jeff sessions will also hold a briefing at the justice department to discuss the president's plan. sources tell cnn the president wants to delay the dismantling of daca so lawmakers have a chance to save it if they so choose. sara murray has more from the white house. >> good morning, dave and alison. sources tell cnn even though the president is expected to end the program, he is going to do it with a six-month delay. a window that allows congress to come up with a legislative fix to this issue. that news was welcomed by some republicans who say congress is the one who should be mending
this issue. they shouldn't be legislating from the white house. but others including the head of the hispanic chamber of commerce and democrats panned president trump's expected announcement, calling it heartless, and saying it defies what he said on the campaign trail. as a candidate, trump took pretty much every side of this issue. he promised to end daca as soon as possible when he came to the white house. but he also said he would treat the dreamers with heart and be sure to protect them. sources caution until the president actually makes the announcement, things could always change. so we await the words from trump's mouth. back to you guys. >> okay, sara murray, thanks very much. some of the biggest names in business urging president trump and congress to continue daca. the ceos of at&t, best buy, and wells fargo joining dozens of business leaders adding their names to a letter defending daca. first released last week, more than 300 business leaders had signed the letter. that number has now climbed above 400. one of the original backers of
the letters, tim cook tweeted this. he said 250 of my apple coworkers are dreamers. you look surprised. >> that's a big number. that is a huge number. >> he goes on to say they deserve our respect as equals, and a solution rooted in american values. thousands of people are likely to lose their jobs if trump phases out daca. that's according to a study by the left leaning center for american progress. an average of 30,000 people will be out of work each month, each month if daca is repealed. and that would put significant pressure on employers to fill holes in their workforce. a lot of people don't realize, these undocumented immigrants are a huge part of the fabric of the u.s. economy. >> yeah. and it's a progressive outlet. but the estimates from them have been 700,000 jobs lost. $460 billion lost. >> the reality is it's a big chunk of the economy. >> it will be an intriguing debate. it's up to congress to somehow find a fix here. coming up, a legislative fix for daca?
well, that's just one agenda item on a very long to-do list for congress, as lawmakers return to work today. they also have to raise the debt ceiling to head off a government shutdown. oh, and pass hurricane harvey release. tack on tax reform in a budget blueprint. and there is a lot to get done. president trump summing it up last night with this four-word tweet. big week coming up. >> oh, gosh. negative, doubt than. hurricane irma headed straight pour the caribbean with florida in its path. its latest forecast for you next. ♪
strengthens into a category 4 storm, packing 130-mile-an-hour winds, they're preparing for the worst in the caribbean and in florida. american airlines cancelling flights to and from caribbean destinations as irma approaches. states of emergency already in effect in puerto rico and florida. governor rick scott saying he spoke to president trump sunday about hurricane irma, and the president offering the full resources of the federal government. the monster storm could potentially hit south florida this coming weekend. meteorologist pedram javaheri is tracking irma, and he joins us live. so it looks like this could possibly hit the miami area, pedram? >> the latest models coming in here in the last hour or so with the national hurricane center updating their forecast as well as shifting it a little farther towards the west. and we'll touch on this here momentarily. we're now up to 145 miles per hour, about 10 miles shy of what would be a category 5. but the forecast at this point still keeps it a strong category 4 over the next three to four
days. and of course we know the turks and caicos, the bahamas and cuba before a potential right turn puts the storm system in the path of florida. a lot of spread coming into the latter portion of the model. some wants to take it south into the mountains of cuba that would really disrupt the storm. but about 11 million people live in the path there. if it does take a northerly track, and we know beyond this as you go in say saturday into sunday, the steering environments are such the storm would shift to the right. at this point, notice a lot of the models favoring western florida for landfall into the state. if that occurs some time this weekend, we know the population density on the western side of the state, especially out near the everglades considerably lower than on the east side say near miami and in that region. this is what we're watching. as you look, high pressure to the north forcing the storm to keep southerly track. but guys, we have a major cold air outbreak in store for us across the eastern u.s., and the jet stream takes a dive to the south, that could actually take play a role in where irma ends
up. we're hoping it keeps tugging it away from florida. but at this point it looks like florida to be the most likely scenario for landfall this weekend. >> nerve-racking. >> the cold flow keeps it out there. thank you, sir. meanwhile, a new step today in recovery from the devastating floods caused by hurricane harvey. houston' may housto houston's marry says it's 90% set to open. it will a long time before the extent of the flooding damage is really known. as the water recedes and people clean out their flood ravaged homes, one major concern is the potential spread of contamination from flooded toxic waste sites. well get more from cnn's martin savidge in houston. >> reporter: morning, dave, morning alison. houston is the headquarters of the petrochemical industry. it is also home to some of the most toxic waste dump sites in all of america. they're known as superfund
sites. and more than a dozen of the sites are thought to have water come close to them or they may have been actually flooded. the epa has been wanting to look at these sites to try to ascertain whether any of the toxic chemicals that they may have contained could have leaked out into the environment. they already look at the sites from the air. but this is their first opportunity, eight days after the flooding to get into the sights to look at them on the ground. well went along and saw three of the sights. the first is a 17-acre site. it does not appear that water actually got into the site there was a lot of rainwater, but they say the containers in which the chemicals were housed all appear to have been secured. they were actually secured before harvey hit shore. then the other sites we looked at, those have been heavily flooded. no question there was extensive water that it brought over all of them. but again, the epa feels quite confident that the soil and the cement that had been on top of those sites and been there for some time had been undisturbed, and they believe the contents also did not leak out.
the reality is there is not enough time to get, say, a second opinion from environmental groups. and everyone seems to agree that perhaps the greatest pollution threat to the city was just everyday life. more than a million cars are thought to have been flooded out. there were gasoline stations. there were also the homes and the business was their chemicals, the cleaning supplies and the paint. all of that ended up in the houston floodwaters. back to you. >> it's just amazing picture there's. thanks, martin savidge. people recovering from flood damage in texas are going to need a lot of help for the months to come. to find out ways to help go to cnn.com/impact. ahead, south korea showing military force after north korea's nuclear test as ambassador nikki haley tells the u.n. that pyongyang is begging for war. the latest on the nuclear standoff, next. hi, i'm johnny bench.
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we've kicked the can down the road long enough. there is no more road left. >> ambassador nikki haley telling the united nations that north korea must face strong sanctions as south korea suggests pyongyang may test yet another weapon. the trump administration expected to end the immigration program that protects young undocumented immigrants. can congress fix the program that shields dreamers? and another hurricane, this time irma coming to the u.s., strengthening into a category 4. florida, puerto rico bringsing for impact. welcome back to an early "early start." i'm dave briggs. >> good morning. i'm alison kosik. it's 30 minutes past the hour. well begin with north korea defying international condemnation over its latest, largest nuclear test with signs of more tests to come. u.s. ambassador to the u.n.
nikki haley arguing at an emergency security council meeting that the international community must exhaust every last bit of leverage over pyongyang to avoid a nuclear war. >> the time has come to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it's too late. we must now adopt the strongest possible measures. kim jong un's action cannot be seen as defensive. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. >> among north korea's few remaining pain points that could be targeted with sanction, oil imports, textile export, and the regime's other sources of foreign currency. pyongyang slamming the u.s. via state media, bragging it will use its, quote, nuclear strategic weapons to eradicate the land of the u.s. with no trace left on earth. >> all of this as south korea
says it has spotted continuous signs the north is preparing another icbm test. cnn's ian lee joins us live from south korea where that country is conducting exercises off the east coast of the korean peninsula. good morning, ian. it looks like south korea flexing its muscles. what kind of message is it sending? >> trying to keep up that defiant stance, alison, with these live fire exercises by the korean navy in the eastern waters. now this is the third exercise we've seen. we've seen them conduct exercises with the navy, with the army and the air force. and what this is all trying to tell the north is that they're ready. in the case of a war, that they're prepared to go after the north korean military. but more importantly go after their military infrastructure as well as the leadership of north korea. and early this morning we do have more disturbing news coming out of north korea with the national intelligence service of south korea telling lawmakers
that they have spotted a projectile on the move that they believe is an intercontinental ballistic missile. for day news we have heard that there could be another ballistic missile test. now we need to remember on the ninth. so this saturday is the foundation of the north korean government. it could take place then. or it could take place within hours or days. no one really knows when or if that test is going to happen. this also comes as president moon has a conversation, a long time coming with president trump, over 24 hours after that nuclear test, they reaffirmed u.s. support for south korea and talked about closer military cooperation and also more military equipment and weapons coming to south korea. alison? >> all right. cnn's ian lee, thank you so much. president trump assigning china a large share of the blame in the aftermath of north
korea's test. the president tweeting the administration is considering stopping doing business with all companies doing business with north korea. and china would certainly be at the top of the list. andrew stevens live with us with their reaction to these threats. good morning, andrew. >> good morning to you, dave. china is responsible for something like 90% of nork's international trade. so obvious china is the target of donald trump. and they responded to the chinese by saying this was very unfair and very unacceptable. they say why should they be targeted to sanctions when they're doing whatever they can do try to bring about a peaceful resolution on the korean peninsula. the fundamental spoils a denuclearization of the korean peninsula. but they're still not offering any new strategy on how to get there. what they've offered so far, and that is a plan that has been backed to the hilt by vladimir putin is what they're describing as a freeze for freeze plan. it means that the u.s. and south
korea would freeze their joint military operations. we know these operations infuriate kim jong un. they play to his insecurities that he thinks the u.s. may be using this as a pretext to get ready to launch an invasion of north korea. so they want those joint military drills stopped. in return, north korea would postpone or suspend its nuclear program and its missile program. and then the talks begin. the u.s. sits down with north korea. nikki haley, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. has completely sort of dissed that. she said it was basically an insult at the u.n. when you've got a rogue state with an icbm and a nuclear weapon and that missile is pointed at you, you do not lower your guard. so there is nothing likely to happen on that front. which brings us back to the sanctions part, dave. and the big question is if the u.n. pushes through with tough, tough, a quantum leap if you
like sanctions, will china sign up for it? china is about creating instability on the peninsula which could force millions of refugees into china, and that is the last thing china wants. in fact that. >> want that much less, they want that much less than they want a korean peninsula which has nuclear weapons. so that's their equation at the moment. >> stability on the peninsula clearly china's overriding goal here. andrew stevens live for us in china. thank you, sir. north korea has evolved from a regional menace to a global threat. strong words from yukiya amano, the head of the u.n.'s international atomic energy agency. he calls north korea testing a hydrogen bomb a new level of threat. let's bring in nic robertson live from the iaea in vienna, austria. you know, we're talking about
these tougher saengs eer sanct imposed possibly on north korea. we've seen sanctions happen time and time again and north korea continuing to ignore them. what would be different this time, even if that includes curtailing oil shipments, oil trade with north korea? >> well, if china did curtail entirely its oil shipments to north korea and all companies principally including china stopped taking exports or rather imports of north korean textiles, that would absolutely have an effect on the north korean economy. but both things would immediate to be enforced fully. of course north korea on the coal it's not exporting buzz of sanction. therefore, they would have that opportunity to use coal fuel power stations to generate
power. it would potentially have a significant impact on the country if it was fully enforced. but that's the point where the international community is at a divergence, where president trump is having trouble pressuring china into that position, where sanctions have been successful in the past on north korea and therefore north korean compliance with the international community has been so successful is when the international community is fully aligned. and right now we have russia and china on one side, proposing freeze for freeze which isn't going to fly with the united states and its other allies in europe, for example. so there isn't an agreement with the parties that would have to get north korea to agree with them. so where we stand right now is a position where it's not clear that those sanctions, whatever they are, will be fully enforced or even endorsed by the u.n. security council. everyone does agree sanctions are going in the right direction. you have today in the last hours president putin essentially
comparing the situation in north korea with iraq. really trying to sort of place in everyone's minds around the globe that the united states really is looking to destabilize, that this is a poor scenario. and putin, for his point, is really driving a greater wedge between president trump and the rest of the international community. >> exactly. russian president putin, vladimir putin warning sanctions on north korea. he calls them useless and ineffective. meantime you spoke to the head of the international atomic energy agency. what did he say? >> i asked him principally isn't it just time to say that north korea does have a miniaturized nuclear weapon that can be fitted on an intercontinental ballistic missile, that it does threaten the world? he said look, we don't know. we can't me that precisely. but what we do know is when north korea says something, it's
generally following through. that it's making what he described as rapid protest, the number of tests they've had in the past couple of years are an indication of rapid, rapid protest. and for that reason, these are his words, it now represents a global threat. this is what he said. >> i think north korea is a global one now. in the past we believe that it is regional issue. it is no longer the case. and everyone is aware that this is a global threat. >> but what yukiya amano is doing here is the little that he can. but it's stepping up and getting ready a team of inspectors to go to north korea should there be some kind of diplomatic solution. they're going to be better equipped and better trained than they would have been in the past. he wants them at high readiness to go if they can at all the used. >> we certainly see north korea wrapping up its provocations.
another missile launch expected, another missile test expected this weekend. all right. cnn's nic robertson, thank you so much. >> all right. later today the trump administration expected to announce that a program protecting young undocumented immigrants will end. they're offering congress a short window to make it permanent. more on that next.
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sara murray has more from the white house. >> reporter: good morning dave and alison. even though the president is expected to end the program, he is going to do it with a six-month delay, a window that allows for congress to come up with a legislative fix to this issue that news was welcomed by some republicans who say congress is the one who should be mending this issue. they shouldn't be legislating from the white house. but others, including the head of the hispanic chamber of commerce and democrats panned president trump's expected announcement, calling it heartless, and saying it defies what he said on the campaign trail. as a candidate, trump took pretty much every side of this issue. he promised to end daca as soon as possible when he came to the white house. but he also said he would treat the dreamers with heart and be sure to protect them. now sources caution that until the president actually makes the announcement, things could always change. so we await the words from president trump's mouth. back to you guy. >> okay, sara murray, thanks very much. some of the biggest names in business urging president trump
and congress to continue daca. the ceos of at&t, best buy and wells fargo joining dozens of business leaders adding their names to a letter defending daca. first released last week, more than 300 business leaders had signed the letter. guess what? that number has now climbed above 400. one of the original backers of the letter, apple ceo tim cook. he tweeted this. 250 of my apple coworkers are dreamers. i stand with them. they deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in american values. thousands of people are likely to lose their jobs if trump faces without daca. that according to the a study. an average of 30,000 people will be out of work each month if daca is repealed. and that would put significant pressure on employers to fill holes in their workforce. you know, if donald trump is looking to improve the economy and keep the humming along, this could certainly upend it.
>> any lost business leaders after charlottesville and his response to that. >> he is not winning any friends here. >> all right. coming up with a legislative fix for daca. just one agenda on an extraordinarily long to do-do list for congress as lawmakers return to work today. they also have to raise the debt sealing and pass hurricane harvey relief, tax on tax reform and a budget blueprint. disneyland is a lot to get done. president trump suj it up last night with this four-word tweet. big week coming up. understatement of the year thus far. well said. >> and gas price, they are still rising more than a week after harvey knocked the gulf coast oil refinery industry offline. is some relief in sight? we're going to get a check on cnn moneystream next. hi, i'm johnny bench.
as hurricane irma strengthens into a category 4 storm packing 130-mile-an-hour winds, they're prepping for the worst in the caribbean and in florida. american airlines cancelling flights to and from caribbean destinations as irma approaches. states of emergency in effect in puerto rico and florida, where governor rick scott says he spoke to president trump sunday about the hurricane. and the president offered the full resources of the federal government. this monster storm could potentially hit south florida this coming weekend. meteorologist pedram javaheri tracking irma. he joins us live this morning. good morning, pedram. >> good morning. >> hey, dave.
hey, alison. just watching this storm system in the last few minutes here, the track shifting just a little bit. we want the talk about this because hurricane irma still sitting in an incredible category 4 system, just about 10 miles shy of what would be a category 5. the models suggest the oceanic and atmospheric environment is such that this storm is not going the weaken. it retains this category 4 or maybe gets stronger into a category 5. the timing, we think thursday into friday it pushes in somewhere near cuba, and then beyond that, there is a little variations between where this storm could end up. pretty confident in the track not to take more of a southerly track once it gets past the bahamas. so potentially into northern cuba. if any interaction occurs with cuba here, the mountains go as high as 6500 feet that would do enormous damage to the storm itself, beginning to shred it apart. over $1 10 million would be impacted. the track turning towards the
north. a few models pushing it back into the gulf. but the highest concentration in the southern region of southern and southwestern florida. the steering environment is such that we think it will take that track. and real quickly, want to lay ley out the models comparing what is the best models, a look at the european models. they're overlaid on top of each other there is one, there is another, bringing both right around the keys. continuing into this weekend and early next week. notice both of the models would take the storm direct sly live into southern florida up through georgia if this verifies. again, still watching as some change here is that could come in over the next several days. >> so many variables. >> the resources of fema about to be tested yet again. thank you so much, pedram. >> new step today in the recovery of the devastating floods caused by hurricane harvey. houston mayor says most businesses are expected to reopen this morning. he says the city is operational,
and more than 95% dry. but it is a new normal for sure. officials say it will be a long time before the extent of the flooding damage is really known. as the water recedes and people clean out their flood ravaged home, one major concern is the potential spread of contamination from flooded toxic waste sites. let's get more now ufrom martin savidge in houston. >> morning, dave, morning, alison. houston you could say is the headquarters of the petrochemical industry. it is also home to some of the most toxic waste dump sites in all of america. they're known as superfund sites. and more than a dozen of the sites are thought to have water come very close to them or they may have been flooded. the epa has been wanting to look at the sites to try to ascertain whether or not any of the toxic chemicals they contained could have leaked out into the environment. they already looked at the sites from the air, but this is their first opportunity, eight days after the flooding. to get into the sites to look at them on the ground, we went
along and saw three of the sites. the first is a 17-acre site. it does not appear that water actually got into the site there was a lot of rainwater, but the containers in which the chemicals were housed all appear to have been secured. they actually were secured before harvey hit shore. then the other sites we looked at, those have been heavily flooded. no question there is extensive water that has run over all of them. but ugeagain, the epa feels the soil and the comment on top had been undisturbed, and they believe the contents alsoed by not leak out. the reality is there is just not enough time to get a second opinion from environmental groups. and everyone seems to agree that perhaps the greatest pollution threat to the city was just everyday life. more than a million cars are thought to have been flooded out. there were gasoline stations. there were also the homes and the business was their chemicals, their cleaning splice and the paint. all of that ended up in the
houston floodwaters. back to you. >> such devastating pictures. martin savidge, thank you so much. let's get a check on cnn money stream. markets around the world cautious after north korea's biggest ever nuclear test over the weekend. japanese and south korean stocks ending the day lower. and tensions on the korean peninsula remain in focus after reports north korea is transporting what could be an intercontinental ballistic missile. markets are pointing to a slightly lower open today after being closed monday for the labor day holidays. we will see their first reaction to this missile test today. gas prices will be rising. are rising more than a week after hurricane harvey knocked the gulf coast oil refining industry offline. but the increase has begun to slow. the national average price for a gallon of regular is up 27 cents in the last week. in texas, the average price is 34 cents higher since last week. but the spikes, the high, they
appear to be slowing, thankfully. the spike in gas prices had been expected because at within point almost 30% of the nation's total refining capacity along the gulf coast was cut because of floodwaters. some refineries are beginning to come back online. but it's going the take time before the refining infrastructure is fully up and running again. "early start" continues with the latest on the north korean nuclear threat. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. >> nikki haley, america's ambassador to the united nations, lashing out at north korea's leader, perhaps escalating tensions, as the world waits to see if they'll test yet another weapon. president trump expected to announce today he's ending the immigration program known as daca.